Over 200,000 sign online petition to reinstate suspended Jeremy Clarkson

BBC suspended 'Top Gear' producer yesterday (March 10) following a 'fracas' with a producer

An online petition to reinstate suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has already attracted over 200,000 supporters.

The Change.org petition, launched by “Guido Fawkes” after news of Clarkson’s suspension broke yesterday (March 10), states: “We the undersigned petition the BBC to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson. Freedom to fracas. #BringBackClarkson”

The BBC announced yesterday afternoon that the Top Gear presenter has been suspended “pending an investigation” following a “fracas” with a producer. The Daily Mirror has since reported that Clarkson “saw red” after discovering no dinner had been provided after a long day’s filming and allegedly hit an assistant producer who has worked on the show for around 10 years. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the BBC.

Following the alleged incident, Top Gear will not be broadcast on Sunday (March 15) as planned. It is also expected that the BBC will drop two further episodes of the motoring show which were due to round off its current series.

Clarkson, who lives in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, made light of his suspension on Twitter last night (March 10), apologising to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband for replacing him at the top of news bulletins yesterday.

Clarkson also retweeted a fan who had complained about the remaining three episodes of Top Gear potentially being canned. “how can @BBC not show the remaining episodes of Top Gear, cant this be resolved without making the fans suffer,” Nathan Badcock wrote in a tweet Clarkson then retweeted to his 4.5m followers.